Schools - January 12, 2011

Kindergarten registration season nears

Local school districts have begun the process of registering kids for kindergarten.

You may have heard about a new state law affecting kindergarten registration. That law goes into effect in 2012, said Carol Metzler, executive assistant to the superintendent in the Menlo Park district.

Under that law, for the 2012-13 school year, students must be 5 by Nov. 2, 2012, to register for kindergarten. For the 2013-14 school year, they must be 5 by Oct. 2, 2013. And then for the 2014-15 school year and future years, they must be 5 by Sept. 2, 2014.

Menlo Park district

For 2011, priority kindergarten registration for children who will be age 5 by Dec. 2 opens Feb. 1 in the Menlo Park City School District.

Orientation meetings for parents whose children will be enrolling in Encinal School kindergarten are set for Thursday, Jan. 20, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.; and Thursday, March 3, from 7 to 8 p.m. Parents may sign up for one of the meetings by calling 326-5164.

Oak Knoll School will host an orientation meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Laurel School's meetings are set for Wednesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m.

The district's Spanish Immersion Program is also accepting applications for the 2011-12 school year. Parents may obtain an application in their home-attendance school office and may attend a mandatory parent information meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 8 p.m.; or on Monday, Feb. 28, from 9 to 10 a.m.

To register a child in kindergarten during the priority registration, parents should go to their home-attendance school office for a registration packet. A driver's license or other government-issued photo ID will be required to verify residency in the district.

Parents who are uncertain which school is in their attendance area should contact the district at 321-7140, ext. 5603.

Go to for more information, or call your home-attendance school site, or the district office at 321-7140, ext. 5603.

Ormondale School

A meeting for parents of children who will attend kindergarten at Ormondale School in Portola Valley in the fall of 2011 will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the school, 200 Shawnee Pass in Portola Valley. Registration packets will be available at that time.

To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be age 5 by Dec. 2, 2011, and must live within the Portola Valley School District boundaries.


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